Though Britain's notorious Sex Pistols shoved punk rock into the face of mainstream America, the movement was already brewing in the U.S. in the 1960s with bands like the Velvet Underground and Iggy and the Stooges. Through hundreds of interviews with forgotten bands as well as the ones that made names for themselves--including Blondie and the Ramones--Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain chronicle punk rock history through the people who really lived it. Please Kill Me is a thrash down memory lane for those hip to punk's early years and an enlightening history lesson for youngsters interested in the origins of modern "alternative" music. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
As its sensationalist title suggests, this stresses the sex, drugs, morbidity and celebrity culture of punk at the expense of the music. Starting out with the electroshock therapy Lou Reed received as a teenager, working through such watersheds as the untimely deaths by overdose or mishap of Sid Vicious, Johnny Thunders and Nico, as well as the complicated sexual escapades of the likes of Dee Dee Ramone, the portrayal here of the birth of an alternative culture is intermittently entertaining and often depressing. McNeil, one of the founding writers of the original 'zine, Punk, in 1975 , is certainly qualified to tell this tale. But the book's take on punk rock as "doing anything that's gonna offend a grown-up" overemphasizes the self-destructive side of the movement. Details of Iggy Pop's drug abuse and seedy sex with groupies receive more attention than important bands such as Television and Blondie, which had comparatively puritan lifestyles. Constructed as an oral history, the book weaves together personal accounts by the crucial players in the scene, many of whom seem to have been so drugged out most of the time that their reliability is questionable. McNeil and McCain (Tilt) provide a vivid look at the volatile and needy personalities who created punk, if they do not offer perceptive musical or cultural analysis. Photos.
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Legs and Gillian... thanks for the amazing ride.
You managed to get it all... and put it together for us to experience and enjoy.
All of the Punk Rock myths and legends are verified and/or debunked with first-person narratives by those who were there.Published 6 days ago by J. D. Hall
Fascinating history of primarily New York punk rock. Tragic and heartbreaking at times but never dull. Wished it was a couple hundred pages longer.Published 7 days ago by J. Nelson
The 70's, the Bowery, punk rock... You want to know what it was all about? This is it, this is all you need. The straight dope from the people who lived it. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is so good that at this point I have no idea how many copies I have bought since its publication. I give it as a gift when I don't know what else to get the person. Read morePublished 27 days ago by mercyme
Told by the musicians and hangers on that were at ground zero of the burgeoning punk movement in NYC, this book is surprising in that it unabashedly lays bare the narcissism,... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Matt S.
Great book, written as if everyone involved were sitting in the same location, interrupting each other over and over as gain. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dj azrael racek
As crazily complete an account of a musical movement as you will ever read. I hate to say it, but this is my era and I was completely engrossed by the depraved and drugged out path... Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Rudge